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Pakistani PM approves humanitarian assistance package for Afghanistan

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MONITORING (SW) – Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the humanitarian assistance package for Afghanistan at the first apex committee meeting of the newly established Afghanistan Inter-inisterial Coordination Cell (AICC), the Prime Minister’s office said Monday.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, and senior civil and military officers, reported Geo news.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said: “PM Imran Khan ordered the immediate shipment of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth Rs5 billion, comprising food commodities […], emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies.”

The premier advised all the relevant ministries to make efforts for facilitating the Afghans to the maximum and approved in-principle tariff and sales tax reduction on key Afghan exports to Pakistan.

The statement said that PM Imran Khan has directed to continue the provision of free-of-charge vaccination against COVID-19 to the Afghans crossing land borders.

During the meeting, the decision to allow the transportation of 50,000 megatons of wheat via Pakistan, under the assistance offered by India on humanitarian grounds, as soon as the two countries finalise the modalities.

The prime minister announced to facilitate the return of Afghans who had travelled to India for medical treatment.

Earlier, at the outset of the meeting, AICC convener and NSA Moeed Yusuf welcomed PM Imran Khan to the meeting and delivered a detailed presentation on the current economic situation in Afghanistan and the committee’s progress in coordinating national efforts for helping the neighbouring country in dealing with the crisis.

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